A small rant

So Cindy and I are shopping at the local big box store, and a product display catches my eye — mostly because of the stacks of small metal cans, labeled with a label featuring a honeybee and a rattlesnake. I look. The product is a supposed healing balm. The ingredients...Read more
Monsoon season

Monsoon season

New Mexico has a monsoon climate. No, really. It’s true that the annual precipitation in my neighborhood is 16 inches a year, which is not precisely the torrential rainfall one often associates with a monsoon; but the climate pattern is a monsoon climate pattern. We get most of our rain...Read more
Wanderlusting with friends old and new

Wanderlusting with friends old and new

It’s been over a month since my last post, but preparations for the big May trip and mixed weather have limited my hiking. The preparations have come along well. The sprinkler valve replacement part arrived and the leaky sprinkler valve is now tight. The other leak in the basement proved...Read more

The 30th Annual Kent Is No Longer 29 Celebration

Tomorrow, G-d willing, I’ll be receiving my first shot of the Moderna vaccine. By my birthday, on March 31st, I’ll be about as immune to coronavirus as modern science can make me — which is apparently pretty darn immune. So I am tentatively starting to look to the future again....Read more

Brrrrr

The temperature last night hit -6 Fahrenheit. Subzero temperatures are not extraordinary here, but we don’t see them every winter. And when I got up this morning, this impressed me: No icicles on the eaves. Because it’s too frikkin’ cold for them to form. Our high was 26 Fahrenheit. I...Read more
Anticipating spring

Anticipating spring

Which is still too far away. That’s my back yard this afternoon. The temperature is 15 F. We got about five inches of snow last night, and I obviously won’t be doing any hiking any time soon. But I don’t mean to complain . This is the stuff that helps...Read more
Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020

This will be more or less an odds and ends post. I took the week of Thanksgiving off work, and did a bit of hiking. New ground for me was the lower Water Canyon Trail. As you can see, there was still a little snow on the ground. A nice...Read more

Some recommendations for serious reading

Every now and then I run into a scientific review paper that is exceptionally good. Review papers are unusually important and are unusually comprehensive and well-written, for scientific papers. They are, nonetheless, not light reading. But if you are willing to plunge in and get the gritty scientific details, here...Read more